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Have you used the e-Learning Planning Framework?

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Started by Karen Spencer 15 Feb 2012 4:01pm () Replies (27)

You may have seen that the revised version of the e-Learning Planning Framework, with supporting examples, resources and possible way to use it, has been published on Enabling e-Learning on TKI, under Professional Learning.

Tessa and I also ran a workshop at the Learning@School conference last month, where we talked with many school leaders about the different ways they planned for the development and use of ICTs in their school. We looked at ways in which a principal or school leader might manage an audit or review, using the framework as a roadmap.

Several people at the session wanted to talk further about this, so here we are: are you using the framework? Have you got any suggestions for other schools about how it could be used as part of planning and review? 

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  • liz Stevenson (View all users posts) 20 Feb 2012 6:00pm ()

    As with any ‘tool,’ – the style of use and the resulting product seems to very much depend on the user.  Think weekend handy-persons here with new tools and a project in mind! It seems to me that school needs differ greatly and they all need an approach that suits.

    Last year, using the eLPF hot off the press, I found it served some schools’ needs best when it was used as a school/community partnership tool, with all of the messy engagement that this involves. This meant that rather than immediately drilling down into the eLPF in all of its finer points, we first applied the bigger picture five dimensions to the school’s high level vision of the sort of education, learning and future that the community wanted for its own learners. We worked from a systems thinking standpoint, seeing the whole rather than a collection of parts. This systems method of working shares many of the principles of the contemporary use of whanaungatanga as applied to services or interventions.

    Working in this way, it was important to establish the deeper community vision for the school – for example, did they hope to become a high tech school with fingerprint identification or was it a coastal school with a strong outdoors focus and an interest in marine biology? This establishment of what the high level vision was would drive all other decisions made – especially the use of the eLPF.

    Another important consideration in the way we used the framework was to consider the speed of changing need with regard to learners and technology and the desirability of students enjoying the best opportunities now rather than in a years time. This led us to focus on initiating improvements as quickly as possible and reflecting on the value of those improvements frequently. With technology changing as rapidly as the users it seemed that the gap between planning and implementation needed to be as small as possible.

    So we thought of this tool as flexible, portable, and for use in mid flight, and in this way, the eLearning Planning Framework was able to function as a bit of a e-readiness GPS. But just as calculating your BMI will not make you thinner, action was the magic potion needed – it is the other half of the equation. It was only by continually testing new initiatives as part of an inquiry process that we were able to determine the impact of our decisions and know whether they had improved the learning environment.

    So my experience with the eLPF leads me to the conclusion that school leaders who are nimble seem to quite naturally be able to use the tool as an ongoing guide with which to serve their school community. It can even be used as a living document up on the staff room wall, covered in sticky notes, coffee rings and joining arrows that reflect the staff’s investigations and inquiries towards a collective vision for their learners.

     

     

  • liz Stevenson (View all users posts) 21 Feb 2012 6:46pm ()

    Here it is Allanah :-)

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